Spotfire: a great product to get out of the Excel RUT!
January 19, 2019

Spotfire: a great product to get out of the Excel RUT!

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

TIBCO Cloud Spotfire

Overall Satisfaction with TIBCO Spotfire

Spotfire is used extensively to do both (1) dashboards of a broad range of challenges (safety, volume and cost performance) as well as (2) large database analysis.
It addresses the problems of
(1) Reporting complex data quickly and consistently
(2) Enabling fluid report changes, as required, without recreating data searches
(3) An analysis bench for large data sets that would be inefficient or impossible in spreadsheeting programs
(4) Bringing together multiple sources of data for better understanding of organization performance.
  • Beautiful plots
  • Ease of building and modifying visual representations
  • Linking plot data to visual presentations to enable deep diving
  • Bringing together disparate sources of data
  • Fault finding data queries with more informative error reporting to improve query coding (particularly database related). This often means having to form queries in external programs, such as SQL Server, to fault find and optimize the query
  • Transparent data cleaning. A lot of Spotfire developers have been observed to use filters and other data cleaning that is not visible to Spotfire general users which can deliver inappropriate analysis because the data is cleaned incorrectly
  • Opportunities to improve query performance. Spotfire does not provide guidance to new users on how to improve the speed of the dashboard or provide opportunities to expand/ contract data ranges of interest to improve speed
  • IronPython does not have sufficient support. Need to improve learning of ironpython, possibly with a tutorial and better alignment to Python and/or R.
Spotfire has better presentation and more intuitive interface for dashboard development than Tableau.
Tableau has better data cleaning, a transparent interface, and better availability for academic use than Spotfire.
  • Positive - improved clarity of financial and production performance
  • Positive - improved ability to interrogate HSE information
  • Online training
Some insight into Spotfire capabilities but I have learnt more about the product through self-taught methods than I did through the formal training.
Spotfire is excellent for delivering reports of data so the end-user can spend more time on data analysis and interpretation and less time on data gathering. It has sufficient capabilities to be able to evolve as the user gains an understanding of the data and explore further opportunities form the data. Spotfire, at this stage, has limitations in the maximum volume of data it can handle and does not do well to guide the general user in optimizing the data retrieval and cleaning that would facilitate better presentation speed. It is not yet well integrated into standard reporting tools. Microsoft Powerpoint and Word, for example, would allow it to replace Excel as a data analysis tool.

Spotfire Feature Ratings

Customizable dashboards
Report Formatting Templates
Drill-down analysis
Formatting capabilities
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Report sharing and collaboration
Publish to Web
Publish to PDF
Report Delivery Scheduling
Not Rated
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Predictive Analytics
Not Rated
Multi-User Support (named login)
Not Rated
Role-Based Security Model
Not Rated
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Responsive Design for Web Access
Not Rated
Mobile Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Not Rated
Not Rated
Javascript API
Not Rated
Not Rated
Java API
Not Rated
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Not Rated
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Not Rated